Northern white rhino, 1 of 4 left in the world, undergoes surgery for abscess | Miss. dog recovering from 3rd-degree burns over 60% of his body | Scientists scrub deadly fungal disease from Mallorcan midwife toad habitat
November 18, 2015
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Northern white rhino, 1 of 4 left in the world, undergoes surgery for abscess
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park's 41-year-old female northern white rhino is recovering after veterinarians operated on an abscess near her hip. Veterinarians treated the animal, named Nola, for an infection of unknown origin for months, but a recent ultrasound found the abscess. Veterinarian Nadine Lamberski said surgery on the abscess will hopefully resolve the infection. Nola is one of only four living northern white rhinos, but the zoo plans to use southern white rhinos as surrogates for embryos from their northern cousins. KNTV-TV (San Francisco) (11/16)
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Miss. dog recovering from 3rd-degree burns over 60% of his body
A playful, mixed-breed dog named Gage is recovering from what appear to be intentional third-degree burns over 60% of his body. The team at the Humane Society of South Mississippi and veterinarian Jennifer Griffin of Happy Tails Animal Hospital are caring for the dog, who is expected to be available for adoption after he recovers. The Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.) (11/16)
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Scientists scrub deadly fungal disease from Mallorcan midwife toad habitat
Researchers have successfully rid Mallorcan midwife toads of the deadly Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis fungal disease, which threatens many amphibian species globally. The treatment, described in Biology Letters, involved giving tadpoles itraconazole, an antifungal drug, and draining then disinfecting their ponds. Researchers are concerned, however, that the treatment can't easily be applied to other threatened amphibian habitats. Nature (free content) (11/18)
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Therapy dogs ease pain of addiction, mental health problems
Therapy dogs can help relieve stress for people dealing with addiction and mental health issues, researchers have found. The team worked with therapy dogs at three treatment and recovery centers, spending six months at each, and McMaster University researchers said the benefits associated with the animals' presence were consistent across facilities. "The dogs can have an impact on an individual's healing journey in a multitude of ways, from providing comfort through to increasing therapeutic alliances with service providers," said researcher Colleen Dell. (Canada) (11/16)
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